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Journalist's Toolbox Update: March 25, 2011 - The Journalist's Toolbox

Journalist's Toolbox Update: March 25, 2011 - The Journalist's Toolbox
Privacy and Protecting Sources: Here are some resources from a Reporters Without Borders privacy and encryption session on April 11.'s Online Survival Kit gives you tools and shows you how to protect yourself from leaving a digital trail. is a free proxy that lets you surf anonymously online, hide your IP address, secure your internet connection, hide your internet history, and protect your online identity. VirusTotal lets you run any suspicious files through a free, encrypted tool to detect any viruses. TrueCrypt is a free, on-the-fly, open-source encryption tool. Data Visualization: A great read and a helpful new data visualization tool: A strong piece on Aron Pilhofer and data journalism from the Tow Center.

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Twitter Resources Archives @journtoolboxFollow the Journalist's Toolbox on Twitter. Twitter Twitter for NewsroomsResources from the team at Twitter on how to integrate it into the newsroom. Verifying Social Media ContentA great list of links, case studies and best practices from Josh Stearns. Social-SearcherSocial search engine. 13 Style and Grammar Tips for Twitter Success

Editorial contacts at The Solihull News and - Solihull News If your enquiry is related to an editorial item in the newspaper or on our site, then the editorial contacts below will give you all the contact details you need. If you want to submit a story or letter for publication, you can do so by visiting the Send Your Story page and following the simple instructions. Ross Crawford David Irwin, Cathrina Hulse, Hannah Jennings Parry, Annette Belcher : Rebekah Borg {*style:<b>Telephone Numbers: </b>*}0121 234 5118

Jobs: TV Work Experience. Check out the latest placements! At ITV, we’re always on the look-out for new talent. And we’re 100 per cent behind providing opportunities to earn-while-you-learn. So apprenticeships are right up our street. We’ve already had a number of people successfully complete our award-winning scheme, and many have gone on to secure great roles within our business. What can you expect? Newspapers Are Still Dying, But the News Is Not Going Anywhere Despite newspaper share prices seeing a 380% increase in the last year, don't be swayed by the perceived recovery. The only way for newspapers to survive is by investing resources into innovation online. Experiments are needed that not only challenge and test the behaviors of news consumption with digital and interactive forms of storytelling, but perhaps more importantly, business models are needed that are not limited to a silver-bullet hope that building a wall around their content will save them. With the exception of the few, the chances of pay walls generating revenue from readers who have grown accustomed to free content online are grim. Newspaper companies that continue to treat their websites as a dumping ground for news from their print product will meet their eventual demise.

New Journalism Nan and Gay Talese in 2009. Gay Talese was one of the pioneers of New Journalism. New Journalism was a style of 1960s and 1970s news writing and journalism which used literary techniques deemed unconventional at the time. The term was codified with its current meaning by Tom Wolfe in a 1973 collection of journalism articles he published as The New Journalism, which included works by himself, Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, Robert Christgau, Gay Talese and others.

Five Ws The Five Ws, Five Ws and one H, or the Six Ws are questions whose answers are considered basic in information-gathering. They are often mentioned in journalism (cf. news style), research, and police investigations.[1] They constitute a formula for getting the complete story on a subject.[2] According to the principle of the Five Ws, a report can only be considered complete if it answers these questions starting with an interrogative word:[3] Who did that?

How To Write a Good Feature Wannabe writers often email the Student BMJ asking how to write a feature. Experienced journalist Lynn Eaton gives the lowdown One of the hardest things about writing a feature, rather like telling a good story, is knowing how to begin. Imagine you are just back from a trip to China and are off to meet your friends to tell them all about it. Unless you and your friends are trainspotters, the last thing you would do would be to tell them the time and type of every train you took to get from A to B. Newsroom Reporters write at typewriters, receive information by telephone from field reporters, wait for assignments, and study various newspapers at desks in the newsroom of The New York Times, in this photo from 1942 A newsroom is the central place where journalists—reporters, editors, and producers, along with other staffers—work to gather news to be published in a newspaper and/or an online newspaper or magazine, or broadcast on radio, television, or cable. Some journalism organizations refer to the newsroom as the city room.

Training schemes Vacancies for our renowned graduate training scheme will be displayed on the Careers site, please check regularly for the latest opportunities. However, if you are interested in being a journalist, it is important that you have the right training. Our training business, Press Association Training, is Europe’s largest journalism and media training company. It runs foundation courses in news journalism, sports journalism and magazine journalism. The courses take place in our central London headquarters and news and sport is also run at our centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. If you are interested in finding out more about any of our training schemes, please go to our website or call us on: 0191 201 6043

Ten ways journalists can use Google+ Since Google+ (plus) was launched a week ago those who have managed to get invites to the latest social network have been testing out circles, streams and trying to work out how it fits alongside Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Here are 10 ways Google+ can be used for building contacts, news gathering and sharing: 1. As “a Facebook for your tweeps” Web Publishing Roll Up: The All Digital Newsroom As dark and gloomy as it may be, the newspaper industry is never dull. As newspapers continue to struggle to see another day, there has been recent speculation about the dramatic shifts poised to take place. As publishers cut back on print editions, sometimes even altogether halting them, they are turning to digital media to carry the load. The Christian Science Monitor, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Denver's Rocky Mountain News and the Tuscon Citizen exist purely in online formats. As we watch print editions disappear, a digital news operation emerges. What shape it will take and how it will thrive remains to be seen.

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